Childhood Obesity ~ High Protein, Low Carb? You've Got To Be Kidding!You’ve got to be kidding me is what I thought when I read a childhood obesity article about kids losing weight eating a high-protein, low-carb diet that was called “safe and effective.” One of the great Slender For Life™ coaches, Pat Sonnenstuhl in Olympia, Washington, forwarded an article to me titled High-Protein, Low-Carb Diet Safe and Effective for Adolescents. Talk about crazy making!  At Slender For Life™ we know that the low-protein, high-carb eating strategies of Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Dean Ornish and others are the safe and healthy ways for children and adults to lose weight and keep it off. With Slender For Life™ families not only learn about healthy eating, they learn how to do hypnosis with self-hypnosis. Weight loss hypnosis can work for you and your family.

Diabetes In Control.com has a June 23, 2009 article called High-Protein, Low-Carb Diet Safe and Effective for Adolescents that reads in part: Obese adolescents lost significantly more weight on a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet than on a standard low-fat diet, according to a randomized study involving 46 adolescents.

At the end of 12 weeks, the teens on the high-protein, low-carbohydrate (HPLC) diet lost an average of 9.0 kg, while those on the low-fat diet lost an average of 5.6 kg, a significant difference, Dr. Nancy F. Krebs of the University of Colorado, Denver, said at a meeting on clinical pediatrics sponsored by the University of California, San Francisco.

Moreover, adolescents in both groups tended to maintain their weight loss over an additional 24 weeks of follow-up. “My hypothesis was that [the HPLC diet] would get them to 12 weeks but they’d rebound,” possibly even ending up heavier than before.

In fact, while adolescents in the HPLC group tended to gain back a little weight within the first 3 months after the end of the diet, they still weighed less than those in the low-fat group. And the HPLC group appeared to maintain that difference for another three months, although those differences did not reach statistical significance.

I am not a medical doctor and I am not a dietitian or nutritionist. But, from years of research and with 10 years experience of weight loss hypnosis with Slender For Life™, I have witnessed the long term illnesses that result from a high-protein, low-carbohydrate (HPLC) diet.  Over the years I have had many weight loss clients referred to me by their MD as a result of becoming ill from following a HPLC diet. I have never heard of any ill affects from following a low-fat, high carbohydrate diet. In fact, I repeatedly hear over and over about all the health improvements. So you can see why this article was crazy making for me!

Yes, the data does show that a HPLC diet will result in quicker initial weight loss. Over time, the difference in how fast the weight comes off is insignificant between HPLC and a low fat diet. Most people are unsuccessful sustaining a HPLC diet over time where as a low-fat, high carbohydrate diet is sustainable long term.

If you are debating between a high-protein, low-carbohydrate (HPLC) diet and low-fat, high carbohydrate diet I urge you to take a look at the teachings of Dr. John McDougall, MD and Dr. Neal Barnard, MD. As always, before making any dietary change, be sure that you consult your health care practitioner.

Slender For Life™ weight loss hypnosis clients learn how to do hypnosis with self-hypnosis. You too can lose weight with weight loss self-hypnosis and keep it off. Stop the insanity of the HPLC diet and begin making healthy changes in your life with hypnosis help. Do you want more information on protein? Then read a Brief History of Protein.

If you are ready to safely lose weight and are in the Olympia area, be sure to visit the Slender For Life™ office of Pat Sonnenstuhl. Check out Slender For Life™ and call for your free consultation.

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